Determined to reduce on shortage of health personnel at the Lake Zone’s health centres, Benjamin Mkapa Foundation (BMF) has employed 21 new medical officers who will be posted in various stations under Mkapa Fellows Programme (MFP) II.
Issuja Killian , the BMF Program Manager, Health Workforce said that the districts which will benefit from the health workers are Itilima Bariadi, Busega ,Maswa and in Simiyu Region and Msalala in Shinyanga.
The new labor force will be deployed to assist in improving health services in areas of HIV/AIDS, child and mother maternal health, which has recently became one of the main focus of the Foundation’s program.
Mr Kilian added that the MFP will pay the salaries of the workers and take care of their welfare as the new staff start working at the rural based health facilities where they have been posted. He added that to equip them better for the work ahead of them, the foundation has organized a special orientation to raise awareness on their new responsibilities in line with MFP II program.
The manager further said the foundation is fully committed to facilitate and enhance delivery of responsive health services, including HIV/AIDS, especially in underserved areas by embracing innovations in the health systems. While closing the seminar, Maguja Julius, the acting Shinyanga Regional Medical Officer commended MFP for supporting the new health officers’ work in district councils, easing the shortage of medics.
“The government appreciates the support through the foundation which is normally concerned on addressing issues of big relevance to the community, like health,” said Dr Julius.
He highlighted some of the challenges that are facing the health sector as shortage of medics by 52 percent, a countrywide headache, noting however that the problem is more pronounced in rural areas where quality health services delivery almost lacks. Dr Julius appealed to the new BMF recruits to utilize the opportunity to offer quality services to the citizens, advising them to adhere to the code of conduct and professional ethics.